The award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival returns this spring with a blended programme of online and venue-based events.

The festival will run from March 24 to April 3 with a theme of ‘One World’, focusing on our shared responsibility for the wellbeing of our planet and its people.

Established in 2006, the festival was launched to offer a diverse programme of author talks, workshops, discussion topics, performance poetry, multi-arts performances, wellbeing projects, as well as a wealth of events for young people and family-friendly activities.

Family-friendly events taking place throughout the festival include:

  • No1 bestselling author and poet Lemn Sissay and illustrator Greg Stobbs will be hosting a fun storytelling and colouring activity session, with video animation, based on their new book Don’t Ask the Dragon (Saturday March 19).
  • Stafflex Free Family Day (Saturday March 26) with stalls, activities and entertainment, including a Recycle Magic show, Bhangra demonstration and Rappaman.
  • Adventures Around Our Blue and Green Planet with Leisa Stewart-Sharpe (Saturday March 26); then join fairandfunky for SCRAPtastic Stories – creative storytelling with an environmental message (Saturday April 2).
  • Learning about drawing for children’s books with Onyinye Iwu, illustrator of Benjamin Zephaniah’s children’s book: We Sang Across the Sea: The Empire Windrush and Me (Saturday April 2).

The festival will also run venue-based and online activities for families with special needs and disabilities. 

Michelle Hodgson, festival director, said: “Our 2022 programme showcases a wide representation of voices and events, and it so important for us to ensure there is a full programme of events and activities for all the family. We can’t wait to officially launch this year’s festivities.”

Find the full 2022 programme and book tickets: